When it comes to dining out, or eating in, Cape Town really does cater for everybody’s tastes. You’ll find out about many, many more options as you go, but here’s a starter, from A to Z.
The home of the vienna and chips parcel is undoubtedly Aneesa’s, and you can find them in Wynberg, Athlone and Grassy Park.
UCT students get a discount on the wholesome, vegetarian meals at the Baxter’s in-house restaurant. Be sure to bring along your student card.
Charly’s Bakery is home to Charly’s Angels and “mucking afazing” cakes and all things confectionary. Visit them in Cape Town’s historic District Six.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream, especially for the locally sourced organic products at the Creamery. Whether it’s the flavour of the month or golden oldies like cookie dough and sweet cream, it’s a lip-smacking experience.
At Da Vinci’s on Kloof, you’re in for a real treat. Not only are you guaranteed a delicious meal, you’ll also get a 10% discount with your student card.
The Earth Fair Market offers fresh produce, pasture-reared meat and a variety of food from vendors every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in Tokai.
Quintessential Mexican cuisine is what you’ll find at El Burro. Like this is the real spicy-hot deal.
UCT’s very own Food & Connect can be found around the university’s campuses and is your one-stop shop for snacks, food and drinks.
At the Food Court in Cissie Gool Plaza at UCT, you’ll find everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to sushi and slap chips.
As a UCT student, you must visit local legend Forester’s Arms in Newlands. It’s the perfect place for some pub food, especially for sporting occasions.
Gatsbys or gebba, whatever you call it, it’s a must-try meal when in Cape Town. There’s plenty of options, but be sure to try out Cosy Corner, Golden Dish, Bona and Continental.
Honest Chocolate is where you’ll find handcrafted, organic chocolate. You can find them in the CBD, at the Oranjezicht City Farm Market or you can purchase their products online.
Whether it’s breakfast-to-go or a sit-down brunch, try out Jason Bakery in Green Point for freshly baked goodness.
A trip to one of Cape Town’s trendiest neighbourhoods is incomplete without fish and chips from Kalky’s. Locals and tourists love it, and while you’re there be sure to visit and support the local fishing community and snap a pic for the ’gram.
Authentic Japanese is the name of the game at Kyoto Garden. It’s a culinary adventure, but it is spenny – so be sure to save up the Randelas for a special occasion.
Support small businesses at the recently launched Makers Landing at the V&A Waterfront. You’ll be spoiled for choice with many of South Africa’s favourite meals.
Looking to eat but can’t quite decide what you’re in the mood for? Well, look no further than the MOJO Market in Sea Point where all of your foodie dreams are sure to come true.
Or if it’s braai food you’re craving, why not gather some friends and head on down to Oudekraal where you have the rare opportunity to braai and beach at the same time.
Plant is a vegan and vegetarian restaurant and juice and smoothie bar in Cape Town. They’re committed to promoting a gentler, more compassionate lifestyle – and delicious food!
The Raptor Room in the CBD isn’t just an eatery; it’s also a safe space for the queer community and for everyone else to express themselves.
Seven Colours Eatery is where it’s at for some home-cooked goodness. Pick your mains, grains and sides to create a wholesome meal at the V&A Waterfront-based eatery.
Those in the know all know that Sunrise Chip ’n Ranch in Mowbray is where you’ll get the best bunny chows and rotis. And the portion sizes aren’t for the faint-hearted (or tiny tummies), so find a friend to split the (affordable) bill.
The Test Kitchen has been voted the best restaurant in Cape Town, so (unsurprisingly) you’ll have to book in advance for a table. Like really far in advance.
TRUTH Coffee has been named the best coffee shop in the world by UK news agency The Telegraph, and a visit to their steampunk-themed headquarters in the CBD will show you just why.
The Wembley Roadhouse is the home of the Wembley Whopper and an institution in Cape Town. If you’re new to the Mother City, this must be on your food bucket list!
Shop and support local at Café Zoe in the CBD. It’s also the perfect spot if you’re looking for a good brew while hitting the books.
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If you’re new to Cape Town, here’s the lowdown on affordable entertainment, eating out, clubs and societies, and giving back to the community.